From using physical venues to accessing online interactions, people with impairments encounter constant accessibility challenges. There’s a long list of things to do to make their lives easier and more accessible, including making necessary accessibility improvements to our favourite mobile apps.

More mobile-specific accessibility recommendations was issued by the Web Accessibility Initiative, emphasising how existing, accessible website design should also apply to all apps: All devices should include variable text size options, accessible buttons for screen readers, and clear graphic descriptions.

Mobile apps are used for more than just social connections; they are used for news, banking, medical records, and more, thus these devices and apps should be developed with all users in mind.

Phone orientation

According to the Web Accessibility Initiative, mobile apps should support both vertical and horizontal phone orientations to be fully accessible. According to the effort, this is beneficial for users who must keep their phones in fixed positions, such as on the arm of a wheelchair. In addition, whenever a screen’s orientation changes automatically in-app, a screen reader should be notified – this helps blind people.

Text resizing

Text scaling is an important part of user-centered design since it ensures that a user’s phone’s visual settings are carried over to a downloaded program. If a user with low vision needs larger text to navigate their phone, the app’s font should adjust accordingly.

Heading for screen readers

Screen-reading devices should be able to use the registration and sign-in screens, which should have clearly marked “Log In” and “Register” buttons, clear headers for filling out form boxes, and means to bypass CAPTCHA requirements that aren’t accessible to persons with disabilities. These are easy adjustments that benefit both users and the app itself; a simpler sign-in procedure means more registered users who use your app on a daily basis.

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